Upcoming Events

Seminar: Gift-Giving Practices in Japan

October 6
10 AM PT / 1 PM ET


During this lunch seminar, Dr. Mary J. Eberhardinger will briefly present her latest research on gift-giving practices in Japan from her new book followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion on attendees' personal experiences with gift-giving in Japan. Depending on the number of registrants, this event may use breakout rooms. Dr. Eberhardinger's book "A Rhetoric and Philosophy of Gifts" examines the relationship between gifts and rhetoric, with particular attention given to Japan where she lived as a JET Program assistant language teacher in Hyogo from 2008-2010. Her book includes a review of related literature, analysis, examples, and personal anecdotes of overseas experiences. Eberhardinger concludes the book by offering implications and opportunities for interpreting gifts, thereby addressing why the question concerning the relationship between gifts and rhetoric matters for the larger landscape of international relations, intercultural friendship, and peace-making. Attendees will receive a discount code for the book.

Partially supported by funding from the Japan Local Government Center CLAIR and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

USJETAA Japanese Reading Group


The goal of the USJETAA Japanese Reading Group is to help advanced beginner and intermediate level students improve their reading skills. Each month we will look at a short reading. Participants should attempt to do the reading on their own and come to the meeting with any questions. We will spend the meeting each month reading the assignment sentence by sentence to understand how the Japanese is working. This event is facilitated by Daniel Morales of How to Japanese. Sessions are not recorded.

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September 10 from 10 AM PT | 12 PM CT | 1 PM ET

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In October, we will be reading a short essay titled "Reflections on Rain (雨の回想)" by the writer Wakasugi Toriko who was sold to a geisha house at the age of one and later was able to become a newspaper journalist. The reading is here:

See a translation of her writing "The Foot of Mount Asama" at this link:

Japan-Related Careers Webinar Series

With the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation we are partnerning on this eight part webinar series from September to October includes tons of great topics for college students, returning JETs, and early career professionals. Many of the of speakers are JET alumni, including Bahia Simons-Lane of USJETAA, LinkedIn and Job Search Strategist Kamara Toffolo, Brooke Brown of Link Global Solution Inc., Trevin Dye of JETRO, and Jessica Kennett Cork of YKK.
  • Sept 29: How to Land a Job Teaching English in Japan
  • Oct 6: How I Built a Business Career Related to Japan
  • Oct 20: How to Network in the U.S. and Japan
  • Nov 3: How I Built My Career Related to Japan as an Artist and Educator
  • Nov 17: Resume Recipe: How To Write A Resume That Sizzles
  • Dec 1: How I Built My Career as a Translator
  • Dec 15: Similarities and Differences in Japan and U.S. Business Practices

Events funded by Indeed and Recruit. In partnership with the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Japan-America Society of Washington D.C., J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Japan-United States Friendship Commission, and USJETAA.

JETAA Chapter Events

Events are added as announced. Is an event missing? Let us know via email at
  • For September alumni events, check out this blog post for a round-up of activities you can join virtually or in your region.
  • For October alumni events, check out this blog post for a round-up of activities you can join virtually or in your region.


Leveraging LinkedIn
September 25 at 11 AM ET
Host: JETAA Toronto

Nihongo Dake 11
September 27 at 7 PM ET
Host: JETAA New York

"The Harimaya Bridge": Special Virtual Screening and Q&A
SEP 24 AT 9 PM EDT – SEP 30 AT 10:30 PM EDT
Host: JETAA Northern California Film Club

Virtual Sake Tasting with Kenshin Sake
October 8 at 7 PM PT
Host: 2021 JETAA Northern California
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Other Events

Political Extremism in Japan
September 27, 9pm EDT (September 28, 10am JST)

What do anti-communist sound trucks, anti-imperial anarchists, anti-war teenagers, and anti-racist countermovements have in common? In this talk, Dr. Nathaniel Smith will discuss the post-WWII history and contemporary status of several activist movements in Japan, based in part on his fieldwork since 2005 into the Japanese far right. Dr. Smith is a former Japan Foundation Fellow and a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. This webinar is part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, which is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

The Japanese Garden: Living Classroom of Nature, Architecture & Culture
Tuesday, September 28, 7 PM EDT

Join us to explore the historical journey of one of the world's oldest land art forms, the Japanese garden. At this interactive webinar, experts of critical acclaim from various creative fields examine how Japanese landscape design principles and aesthetics have impacted the ways in which modern society approaches art and architecture while helping mold the human relationship with nature. Part of the Living Traditions Series.

Differences Between Japan and China: Perspectives From Japanese Journalism, 1980 - Present
September 30

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Speaker: Seiichirō Aso, Journalist, Japan 
Gender and Voting Preferences In Japan, Britain, and the United States
October 14

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Speaker: Gill Steel, Professor of Political Science, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University
DC Japan Book Club: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

October 25
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Please email to request the Zoom link. This book club is run by Amy Sherman (Okinawa-ken 2006-2008) as part of JASWDC's programs.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-traveling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early-onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .

Judging Inequality: Japan in Comparative Perspective
October 28 

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Speaker: Yeonju Lee, Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Harvard University

Drawing the Sea Near: Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa
November 4

Noon - 1:30 pm EDT

Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Speaker: C. Anne Claus, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University

Japanese Contemporary Literature: Perspectives and Aporia in the Global 21st Century
November 11

Noon - 1:30 pm EDT

Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Speaker: Cécile Sakai, Professor of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, Paris University 
Japan Society Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Performances

Japan Society is announced a return to live, in-person performance with programs in theater, dance, music, and more. This Fall 2021, we spotlight local women theater-makers with deep ties to the culture of Japan. In Spring 2022, we welcome back international artists from Japan and East Asia and present a set of programs highlighting indigenous art forms from Japan’s northernmost and southernmost prefectures, Hokkaido and Okinawa.

Thank you to our grantors, program partners, and donors!

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